I'm curious. I have about a $10 rope halter that works well but I've heard many folks talk about how they have the Clinton Anderson ones and how they feel like they work better. Those halters are anywhere from $25 - $65.
Has anyone used both kinds of halters and can anyone really tell a difference? I have been trying to compare them and it looks like the CA ones may have a slightly thiner rope and also, it looks like there may be 2 extra knots...
I still have some of my older 'cheapo' rope halters, along with a couple of my more expensive halters. One a no name one, One is CA, and the other is a custom made one, that I ordered from someone on HGS. When I initially start a horse I will use my cheapo halters, since that is what is readily available for an owner to purchase when I am done with it. If he works well in that, I will continue. But most will like to lean a little more than I like on these at first, so I will use one of the more expensive halters on them; these are made of tougher, better quality, firmer rope, so the horse won't find it as easy to lean on. Mine all have four nose knots. I will use these for initial training and then go back down to a regular rope halter.
Once a horse is trained well, I expect him to work well in whatever I put him in (be it rope, flat halter, whatever), so it shouldn't matter what type he is in once he learns what he needs to learn. I go back and forth between halters on my own horse.
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